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Show Dog-Universal Music
Founded 2001 (Universal South)
2005 (Show Dog)
Founder Tony Brown, Tim DuBois (Universal South)
Toby Keith (Show Dog)
Distributing label Universal Music Group
Genre Country
Country of origin U.S.
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Official Website Official site

Show Dog-Universal Music is an American record label formed from the merger of Show Dog Nashville and Universal South Records in 2009. Show Dog Nashville was founded in 2005 by singer Toby Keith, originally as a joint venture with former DreamWorks Records executive Scott Borchetta, while Universal South was founded in 2001. The two labels merged in December 2009.



Universal South Records was started in 2001 by Universal Music Group by record producers Tony Brown and Tim DuBois.[1] The label specialized in country music artists, including Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Phil Vassar and Marty Stuart, as well as alternative country acts Shooter Jennings and Cross Canadian Ragweed. In 2005, it partnered with the talent show Nashville Star, offering a recording contract to Season 3 winner Erika Jo.[2] George Canyon, another Nashville Star contestant, also recorded for the label.

Show Dog Nashville was founded in 2005 by Toby Keith shortly after the dissolution of DreamWorks Records, the label to which he was signed at the time. DreamWorks Records executive Scott Borchetta was its chief executive officer, and his own Big Machine Records label originally shared much of its staff.[3] By March 2006, Show Dog and Big Machine split into separately-staffed labels, although Keith retained his financial stake in Big Machine.[4] Acts who released works for Show Dog included Carter's Chord, Trailer Choir, Mica Roberts, Lindsey Haun and Mac McAnally.

In December 2009, Show Dog Records and Universal South merged to form Show Dog-Universal Music.[5] One month later, Trace Adkins left Capitol Records Nashville to become the first post-merger signee to the label, and the label's roster was announced.[6]

Acts on Show Dog-Universal Music

Acts formerly signed to Universal South

Acts formerly signed to Show Dog Nashville


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